Google announced last week the launch of Google Knol, a website designed to be similar to Wikipedia in which anyone can author informational articles and post them online. The term “Knol” stands for a “unit of knowledge.” Right now, Knol is in the beta or “testing phase”; a select group of people were invited to participate in the pilot testing of the service. According to the official Google Knol blog,
The goal is for knols to cover all topics, from scientific concepts, to medical information, from geographical and historical, to entertainment, from product information, to how-to-fix-it instructions. Google will not serve as an editor in any way, and will not bless any content. All editorial responsibilities and control will rest with the authors. We hope that knols will include the opinions and points of view of the authors who will put their reputation on the line. Anyone will be free to write. For many topics, there will likely be competing knols on the same subject. Competition of ideas is a good thing.
What do you think? What might be some pros of Knol? What might be some drawbacks to this service? Would you want to participate in Google Knol? Why or why not? Would you want to use the articles as information sources for research? Why or why not?
Read more about Google Knol at our library’s favorite links via http://del.icio.us/creekview_hs_library/Google_knol .